Thursday, October 17, 2013

Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt Stop #23

Welcome to the 2013 Fall Scavenger Hunt! This hunt has 25 stops and runs 10/18-10/20. You can make the loop, reading unique content from 25 different authors, and if you complete the loop, and fill out the Rafflecopter form at Stop #25, you'll be in the running for an iPad Mini, or one of two runner-up prizes---all 25 of our new releases in paperback. In addition, some authors are offering additional prizes, so be sure to read each post thoroughly to be in the running for all that are available. The contest is open internationally.

If you've JUST discovered the hunt, I recommend you begin at the beginning, Stop #1, found at But you can also begin here, and keep on rolling.

Just be aware that you have to have the COMPLETED phrase in order, which you construct gathering the clue at each stop, within 24 hours of email notification from Lisa Bergren that you won. If Lisa doesn't hear back from you with the correct phrase within the time limit, she will move on to the next winner to enter. Ready? Here we go...



Olivia, could you tell us a little about yourself?

I’ve been married for over thirty years and have two twenty-something kids. We live in stunning Colorado at the foot of the Rockies, where the day lilies in my back yard grow as tall as I am. (No short jokes, please.)
Not every piece of my life is pretty, though. Some days I want to throw out whole chunks. But I am living each day looking for the grace of God to me, in me, and through me. Having your companionship along the way will help uncover a lot of great stories.

 Olivia has shared pictures with us that she used for the inspiration in her newest novel.

Glessner Bedroom

Glessner House

(Some backstory from the heroine Sarah Cummings when she was eleven years old)
Eleven-year-old Sarah Cummings set her jaw and rolled her eyes. Margaret Eddington, full of tales again, patted the bun on one side of her head. Sarah smirked. Margaret probably did not even know her hair was drooping out of its clip at the end of the school day.
            “I must go.” Sarah shook the dark ringlets her mother had rolled meticulously the evening before, and they shuddered across her shoulders. “My mother is expecting me. We’re having a special dinner tonight to celebrate my father’s promotion at Mr. Field’s store.”
            Margaret put her hands on her hips. “I’m not finished telling you about the party.”
            Sarah smiled with graciousness that would have pleased her manners-minded mother but pivoted nevertheless. She tightened the strap around her books and scooted across the schoolyard, down the sidewalk, over four blocks, and around the back of the small square two story home to the kitchen door she knew would be unlocked. It was Tuesday. Sarah sniffed for the fragrance of fresh baked bread.
            Instead she inhaled the drenching overindulgence of Mrs. Fordyce’s perfume. The gray-haired neighbor sat pale and stiff in a kitchen chair, her ankles crossed and a black hat and bag in the lap of her navy blue dress. Sarah’s fist unfolded, and her books thudded to the linoleum floor.
            “Do you have a small carpet bag?” Mrs. Fordyce asked.
            Sarah nodded as her throat thickened.
            “Let’s go pack it. I’ve made all the arrangements.”
            “May I ask what arrangements, ma’am?”
            Mrs. Fordyce cleared her throat. “Your parents had an accident this morning. Their driver was going much too fast, I’m afraid, and the carriage overturned on State Street. I’m sorry.”
            “Are we going to the hospital?” Sarah’s stomach burned.
            “If only that were true.” Mrs. Fordyce stood up. “You’ll just need two dresses, I think. I shouldn’t bother with hair ribbons, if I were you. They’ll only be stolen.”
            Sarah put a hand to the green band that kept her hair off her face. “If we’re not going to the hospital, where are we going? Where are my parents?”
            “I’m sorry. I thought I was clear. Your parents did not survive the accident. It’s my understanding you have no other relatives.”
            “My father was an only child, and my mother’s brother died when they were children.”
            “Then I have assessed the situation accurately, I’m afraid. We’ll get your things and go straight to St. Andrew’s.”
            Sarah’s stomach clenched in refusal to cry in front of Mrs. Fordyce.
            Within thirty minutes they stood outside the mammoth brick building. Mrs. Fordyce did not even go in with her.

If you've enjoyed this short excerpt, you'll be sure to love the whole book. You can find it here:

Christian Book Distributors

Olivia's contact information is:
TWITTER: @OliviaNewport

If you would like to be entered to win a $25 Amazon gift card, you have two final steps before moving on to the next stop.

  1. Like my Facebook Page and leave a comment on it saying,"I found you via the Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt" (if you already Like my Page, leave the comment and say "I'm participating in the Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt"  and 
  2. Sign up for my newsletter which is sent three to four times per year (I promise not to clog your inbox or share your address). Your name on the newsletter signup must match your name on Facebook. If you are already a subscriber to my newsletter, first click on the link and make certain your name is subscribed as well as your email address. Then private message me on Facebook with your email address so that I can verify and get your name entered in the drawing.
All eligible names will go into a hat for a drawing after the close of the scavenger hunt. Winners will be announced on this blog, on Facebook, and via the email address signed up on the newsletter mailing list.
USA mailings only...sorry to my international friends...
Good luck in both the scavenger hunt and in my bonus contest.
 Here is your clue: encourages you

Don't forget to head over to the next stop. 

You can find Olivia's post here:
God bless and enjoy the weekend fun!



Laurel said...

I just did both!

Barb D said...

I liked your Facebook page, & left a comment, AND, I requested to be on your newsletter list! THANKS for a great giveaway!

Anonymous said...

I signed up for your newsletter and liked you on FB (I commented too)!

Katrina E. said...

Lynette, I have been a fan of yours for a while now. I do love your stories. Your use of imagery really pulls the reader in and helps them become absorbed in the story. Of course, that's the part my husband doesn't like when I ignore him to
I liked your FB page and signed up for the newsletter.

Jennifer said...

I already like you and get your newsletters! :)
I've really enjoy reading your heart stopping suspense!

Linda Marie Finn said...

I had already liked your facebook and signed up for your newsletter.
Thank you for offering such a wonderful prize in your own giveaway.
Linda Finn
Faithful Acres Books

travelingstacey said...

Hi! I liked your page, commented, and signed up for the newsletter. Thanks for the giveaway! ~Stacey

Jackie Tessnair said...

I liked you on facebook,left a comment there and signed up for your newsletter.Thanks...

Katharine Baird said...

I just did both. I love hibernating in Starbucks although I love local coffee shops more.

Lynette Eason said...

Thanks for stopping by everyone! I really appreciate it. So glad you're having a blast with the hunt. Good luck and God Bless!

pol said...

Glad to see you today on the "Hunt" Lynette, I am fan on FB and enjoy reading your books. thanks for intro to Olivia another author I read.

Paula O

Lisa Medeiros said...

I did both! Love your books! Have a great day!

Elaine Klingbeil said...

I've done both!

Susan Manchester said...

I had already done both of the things you required long ago, but I did what you said to do if that was the case.

Stacey said...

Thanks for the great contest! I just liked your page and subscribed to your newsletter.

Susan Johnson said...

I liked your page, left a comment, and signed up for your newsletter.

LadySaotome said...

I liked your facebook and posted there. And signed up for the newsletter but I didn't see anywhere to put my name, just my email?

aimymichelle said...

i liked and signed up for the newsletter under sycoalien42[at]hotmail[dot]com and amy clark for facebook.

Matt and Robyn Conners said...

Thanks for the giveaway, I did both

Lane Hill House said...

Hi, I signed up for your newsletter and left a note on your facebook page ~ new like! Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net, said...

I enjoyed your site and interview with Olivia.
I have already liked you and left the message that I found you by the Scavenger Hunt.
I signed for your newsletter.
Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

( Please use this email address)

Fedora said...

Thanks, Lynette--great fun this weekend :)

bonton said...

LYNETTE: I had already liked your Facebook page, & signed up for your newsletter, before the Scavenger Hunt. I left a comment & message on Facebook, with my e-mail address. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

OLIVIA: Your book sounds very touching, & I would love to read it!


Betti said...

I have already liked your FB page and get your newsletter. Thanks so much for being in this scavenger hunt. It is such a treat to do!
Thanks so much for the writing you do, so that we can all enjoy it!
God bless.

Tamara Wilkins said...

I was already a fan of FB, so I commented on your FB page. Thanks!

Becky said...

I Love your books! I liked your facebook page & signed up for the newsletter. I was only asked my email address for the newsletter & not my name so I don't know if it will match up with my facebook name. I hope it does!

Rev. Kim Justice said...

Love your site and thanks for the chance to get to know your and your writing.

Sheila McIntyre said...

I just did both...I so love your books!!

desiree reilly said...

thanks for thehop and then the books ilove swag and then i love to brag on it

Cyndi said...

LOVE your books! :)